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Below are excerpts from a paper titled, ‘Save your centrifugal machinery during commissioning’ presented at the 43rd Turbomachinery & 30th Pump Users Symposia (Pump & Turbo 2014) in Houston, TX from September 23 to 25, 2014. It was presented by Arun Kumar, Deputy General Manager, Maintenance & Reliability, and Mohit Sabharwal, Assistant General Manager, Maintenance & Reliability, HPCL- Mittal Energy Ltd., India.
In the course of a project, the commissioning and startup of centrifugal machines is considered to be the most critical and stressful phase due to the following reasons:
Despite of all these potential issues, a safe and smooth start up can be accomplished by following certain procedures, protocols, best practices and maintaining proper communications. This tutorial addresses various probable risks and their mitigation plan at different stages from receipt of equipment at site to successful commissioning and startup of centrifugal machines and details the experiences the authors faced during commissioning of refineries. Various mistakes generally made during different commissioning stages and best practices followed to preserve machinery from any disaster are covered.
What can go wrong?
Lessons learned from experience
(Arun Kumar is currently working with HPCL- Mittal Energy Ltd., India as head of Maintenance & Reliability and is responsible for Maintenance & Reliability of a 9 MMTPA high complexity Refinery complex at Bathinda, India. Mohit Sabharwal is AGM, Maintenance & Planning in the Maintenance & Reliability team for HPCL - Mittal Energy Limited, Bathinda, India.)